December 11, 2017 - 23 Kislev 5778

Books & Authors

Giller winner is a convoluted Moebus strip of a novel

Michael Redhill told the Toronto Star he had only $411 in his bank when he won the Scotiabank Giller Award for his novel, Bellevue Square. Redhill is strong on sense of place and gives an excellent rendering of the ethnically and socially diverse population of Bellevue Square.

Arts & Entertainment

Poets who make poets, not just poetry

It’s poet’s year in Montreal. A major art gallery is mounting a blockbuster show devoted to Leonard Cohen’s life and work

‘Lyrics and Latkes’ a tasty combo for young and old

A performance set out to entertain people of any age.

Animated drama Breadwinner could earn a haul come awards season

The animated drama is set in Kabul and follows defiant 11-year-old Parvana who disguises herself as a boy to help support her family after the Taliban captures and arrests her father.

AGO shows the work of artist Florine Stettheimer

On first impression, the brilliantly hued paintings by Florine Stettheimer are gorgeous. If the artist was barely known beyond the cognoscenti until recently, her fame as an influential artist of jazz-age New York is blossoming now.

Travel

Sarah Mlynowski: My characters, like my dad, are searching for home

An interview with author Sarah Mlynowski about her latest book I See London, I See France

The challenges of travelling Orthodox

Living as an Orthodox Jew can be difficult at times – especially when vacationing in foreign countries.

Sports

The Jewish connection to the NHL’s prestigious Hart Trophy

Presented each year to the player judged most valuable to his team, the Hart Memorial Trophy is the NHL’s oldest and perhaps most storied individual award.

Canadian karate kid picks up silver medals at international competition

Jacob Pichhadze is all of 13 years old and he’s already been to Ireland and New Orleans to test himself against top international competitors.

Israeli wrestler gets WWE promoters’ attention

At six-foot-one, 245 pounds, Tomer Sidi Shalom believes that, for the WWE, an Israeli wrestler is something new, something it can use to expand its audience.

Toronto athletes excel at JCC Maccabi Games

Toronto athletes dominated in the pool, came home with a gold in hockey and otherwise excelled in the sporting competition at the recently concluded JCC Maccabi Games in Miami.

BRENGLE LEADS THREE JEWISH PLAYERS AT ROGERS CUP TORONTO

Brengle, the highest ranked Jewish player on the women’s tennis circuit at No. 74, defeated fellow American Asia Muhammad 6-4, 6-3, before losing to Ashleigh Barty of Australia 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the second round.

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